Personalities | The Rolling Stones | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1962–present)

One of the most successful bands of all time, the Rolling Stones’ original line-up comprised Mick Jagger (vocals, harmonica), Brian Jones and Keith Richards (guitars), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Named after a Muddy Waters song, the band were heavily influenced by blues and R&B and on their early albums recorded many cover versions that helped to bring blues music to a wider audience, particularly in the UK. Although the Stones’ self-penned material also showed soul, pop and psychedelic influences, the blues were never far away and the band released the heavily blues-influenced Beggars Banquet in 1968.

Following the loss of Jones, who drowned in 1969, and the addition of Mick Taylor, from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the Stones released three more blues rock masterpieces: Let it Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971) and Exile On Main Street (1972). Now minus Wyman and Taylor, and with Ronnie Wood on guitar, the Stones continue to roll.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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